The Adventures of Oliver Twist
Ticknor and Fields, 1866
At the heart of Charles Dickens's second novel, first published in 1838, is a story as much about crime and poverty as it is about justice and charity. Orphaned at birth, Oliver Twist grows up under the loveless, relentless watch of a workhouse. He runs away with hopes for a better life in London, only to become--at the hands of the unforgettable Artful Dodger--a guileless pawn in a gang of pickpockets and robbers working for Fagin, one of Dickens's most controversial villains. Full of ingenious plot twists, at turns thrilling, tragic, tender, and sharp-eyed, The Adventures of Oliver Twist is among Dickens's most enduring classics.
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October 11, 2016
7th Period EnglishOliver Twist
Charles Dickens was spectacular in writing and narrating this best seller. He informed us all about little Oliver Twist from a third-person point of view. Considering the fact that this story is fictitious, it can be concluded that he was an incredibly reliable source of information. The novel is based in London, England during the Victorian time period, which occurred between 1837 and 1901. I believe that if the characters had been living during another era in history, Oliver’s life and all of their lives would have been different. Their struggles could have been handled and taken care of better or things could have been worse. It all depends on the materials and resources they had available at the time in their area. This selection teaches readers about the consequences of good and evil. Dickens proves that the good will survive through manifold adversity and “triumph at last” despite the obstacles that may have been. It is very like many other novels, only the form of language and grammar may differ from time to time throughout the story. Once you have read this book it can almost be guaranteed that you will want to go and read Dickens’s other works. Some of his other best sellers include A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, The Pickwick Papers, Dombey and Son, Hard Times, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Magic Fishbone. Most of these were written previous to Oliver Twist and have settings based in the 1800s also. Oliver Twist is a novel that portrays crime, poverty, justice, and charity all entangled with the life story and telling of the hardships of an orphaned little boy. He was raised in a small workhouse in which he was surrounded by many people who loved and cared for him. One day he decides to run away to find a better life for himself. He experiences many things and gets lots of lessons throughout his journey. I really liked this book because it has an interesting plot and inspiring story. It really persuades you to want to read it from beginning to end. I would love to read Charles Dickens’s other works because of the feeling that I got just from reading this one. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves reading or is looking for something interesting to help pass time.